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  • Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    October 5, 2020 – As Viking.TV celebrates six months of offering award-winning programming this week, four astronauts will host a special panel discussion on Friday sharing what it’s like to live and work in space.

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    Forbes: Viking Launches Viking.TV, A New Travel Experience Channel

    April 5, 2020 - As with other travel entities turning to web-based content during COVID-19 related cancellations, Viking Cruises has set a new course with the launch of Viking.TV. This digital library, created by the river and ocean cruise company, will showcase experiential programming that Viking guests have access to onboard their respective cruises, on deck levels or their cabin TV. Its culturally-focused content will feature appearances by the Viking executives and crew and subjects relating to its at-sail and at port ventures, plus live video of happenings from around the world.

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  • Viking Polaris with icebergs

    The Star Tribune: Viking cruises will sail the Great Lakes with a stop in Duluth

    January 17, 2020 – Viking, the company that got its start plying European rivers, will splash into the Great Lakes in the summer of 2022. One of the routes on the Earth’s largest body of freshwater will shine a spotlight on Minnesota. Duluth will be among its ports of call.

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  • Viking Expedition Ship D

    Frommer’s: Coming from Viking: Great Lakes Cruises and Polar Expeditions with Submarines

    January 17, 2020 – With sights set on both the farthest and the closest destinations on earth, cruise company Viking has announced a new fleet of two expedition ships. It will join the companies roving both the Arctic Circle and Antarctica and, most interestingly, pioneer new itineraries in the Great Lakes.

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  • The pool on board a Viking Expeditions vessel

    Travel + Leisure: Viking Cruises Launches Epic New Expedition Trips

    January 15, 2020 – Viking Cruises has just announced the launch of Viking Expeditions, an exciting new chapter in the company’s history. This new arm of the ever-expanding brand will focus on small-ship trips to Antarctica and the Great Lakes of North America.

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  • Viking Expeditions Vessel

    FORTUNE: Viking’s New Small-Ship Expedition Cruises Will Offer Close-Up Views Of A Rapidly Changing Antarctica And Arctic Circle

    January 15, 2020 – Viking Cruises just announced a series of new destination-focused, expedition voyages with locales that will inevitably see rapid change over the next decade and years to come. Viking Expeditions will set sail starting in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octantis, embarking on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.

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  • Viking Expeditions Vessel

    Chicago Tribune: Viking Cruise Line Is Building Two Cutting-Edge Ships — And One Is Headed For The Great Lakes

    January 15, 2020 – A big player in the cruise industry is diving into the Great Lakes market. Switzerland-based Viking, which built its name plying the rivers of Europe, is extending its reach into North America in 2022 with voyages exploring the largest surface of fresh water in the world.

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  • Viking Expeditions vessel deploying RIB craft

    Forbes: Viking To Launch Innovative Expedition Cruises

    January 15, 2020 – This will be the first time Viking devotees will be able to explore the Great Lakes region on the line’s modern, technologically-advanced ships. It is anticipated that these new itineraries will have a major impact on tourism and economic development in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and in the province of Ontario in Canada.

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  • Viking Expeditions vessel deploying RIB craft

    Travel Weekly: Viking Cruises launching expedition ships in 2022

    January 15, 2020 – Viking Cruises has opened the books on a new product line: Viking Expeditions, an expedition cruise line that will set sail in 2022.

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  • Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    October 5, 2020 – As Viking.TV celebrates six months of offering award-winning programming this week, four astronauts will host a special panel discussion on Friday sharing what it’s like to live and work in space.

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  • Hemispheres: Fill Your Bucket List with Our Readers’ Choice Awards

    Hemispheres: Fill Your Bucket List with Our Readers’ Choice Awards

    September 1, 2020 – You’d be hard-pressed to find a renowned river that Viking doesn’t ply. Make like Mark Twain on the Mississippi, taste the best of Portugal’s port wines on the Douro, see the pyramids on the Nile, or go deep into the Mekong Delta—all while enjoying sleek staterooms and regional dining.

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  • Departures: Spas Around the World Made for Design Lovers' Dreams

    Departures: Spas Around the World Made for Design Lovers' Dreams

    July 30, 2020 – When Viking launched their ocean cruises in 2015, they had one goal in mind; to bring their passion for Scandinavian aesthetic and natural elements to the ship's design. And the spa, which is featured on all of their ocean liners, represents everything you’d come to expect from a Norwegian designed bathhouse.

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  • INSIDER: A cruise line's 4-month trip will take you to 27 countries, including Greece, Australia, and Thailand

    INSIDER: A cruise line's 4-month trip will take you to 27 countries, including Greece, Australia, and Thailand

    July 28, 2020 – Viking World Cruises just announced plans to launch a 136-day cruise that will take passengers around the world. The trip will be on the luxury Viking Star and will be of the longest cruise itineraries in the world — visiting 27 countries in four and a half months.

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  • Travel + Leisure: World’s Best Awards: The Top 10 Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines

    Travel + Leisure: World’s Best Awards: The Top 10 Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines

    July 8, 2020 - While Viking may have begun as a river-cruise line, its expansion into ocean cruising has been met with much excitement by readers, who’ve voted the company as their favorite in this category for five straight years. The Scandinavian-minded line earned Travel + Leisure readers praise for its fascinating shore excursions, caring crew, and exceptional amenities and ship design.

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  • Viking.TV

    Forbes: Viking Launches Viking.TV, A New Travel Experience Channel

    April 5, 2020 - As with other travel entities turning to web-based content during COVID-19 related cancellations, Viking Cruises has set a new course with the launch of Viking.TV. This digital library, created by the river and ocean cruise company, will showcase experiential programming that Viking guests have access to onboard their respective cruises, on deck levels or their cabin TV. Its culturally-focused content will feature appearances by the Viking executives and crew and subjects relating to its at-sail and at port ventures, plus live video of happenings from around the world.

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  • Viking Sky near Eidfjord

    Condé Nast Traveler: How the Travel Ban Impacted a Cruise Ship Already at Sea

    March 24, 2020 - Viking staff was there to greet me in Bergen and whisk us off to the ship. It was really upon arrival to the port that it became clear protective measures and a company protocol were put in place early. Everyone was well-prepared: a medical team took temperatures while asking health-related questions prior to boarding, the ship was exceptionally spotless, the crew were friendly and answered all questions, and there were hand sanitizer stations at nearly every turn. I felt safe in their hands.

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  • Viking Star

    USA Today: 10 must-do excursions when cruising to Scandinavia and Russia

    February 25, 2020 - There’s a certain magic in sailing to Scandinavia and Russia. Your Baltic Sea voyage aboard the luxurious Viking Jupiter, the newest member of the Viking fleet, brings you to eight intriguing countries over 15 days. The Viking Homelands itinerary gives cruisers a surreal opportunity to revisit history and become immersed in the culture of Russia’s St. Petersburg, without a visa on ship-run excursions, over two days.

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  • Aerial shot of Viking SKY in Tromso

    USA Today: These are the 10 best ocean cruise lines, according to readers

    January 15, 2020 – Number 1: Viking Cruises earned its reputation through its affordable, destination-focused river cruises. With the debut of the Viking Star in April 2015, the line made a grand entrance into the world of ocean cruising.

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  • World Cruise Map

    CNBC: One cruise, 8 months, 111 ports of call. Yes, there is actually such a thing

    January 7, 2020 – Eight months on a cruise ship — could you do it? For some, it’s an unimaginably long time at sea, while for others continuous cruising has become a way of life. For well-off and time-rich travelers, there’s a hunger not only for expeditions to novel, remote and less-accessible destinations, but also a growing interest in super-long world cruises that can last the better part of a year.

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  • CNN The Best Around-The-World Cruises For 2020

    CNN: Cruise Critic picks world's best cruise ships for 2019

    December 4, 2019 – Viking Cruises dominated the 12th annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards for the third year in a row with five wins in 2019.

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  • Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Jupiter wins high marks for what it is -- and for what it is not

    JustLuxe: Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Jupiter wins high marks for what it is -- and for what it is not

    December 2, 2019 – Book a Viking Ocean Cruise for all that it is. Love it for what it is not. No pushing drinks or other products. No sales pressure at all. Just top-notch service.

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  • The Very Best Cruises in the World Right Now

    Thrillist: The Very Best Cruises in the World Right Now

    November 22, 2019 – Viking’s Ocean Cruises carry 930 peeps (max) and are classified as “small” ships -- which means you can get into harder-to-reach ports of call and see more than your mega-ship counterparts.

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  • USA Today: Are you too young to take a river cruise? Here's why the under-50 crowd is getting onboard

    Today: Here are the best cruise lines for families, couples and those on a budget

    November 11, 2019 – And when it comes to the best cruise lines for couples, Viking Ocean Cruises offer plenty of romantic amenities and an adult-focused environment.

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  • Travel Leisure Visit Real-life Sites From Downton Abbey

    Travel + Leisure: Visit Real-life Sites From ‘Downton Abbey’ With an Exclusive Look at Highclere Castle on Viking's New Cruise Extensions

    October 21, 2019 – Thanks to a sponsorship with Viking, fans of the show, movie, and those fabulous costumes can head to the UK for privileged, private access to Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey — home to the fictitious Crawley family on screen, and the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in real life.

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  • Smarter Travel Why This Viking Ocean Cruise Is the Best Way to See Northern Europe

    Smarter Travel: Why This Viking Ocean Cruise Is the Best Way to See Northern Europe

    October 17, 2019 – There really is no better way to take in the natural beauty of the fjords than by sailing on them. Plus, the region is Viking’s home, so this itinerary is specially thought out and exclusive for travelers.

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  • Conde Nast 6 Stress-Free Cruises for First-Timers

    Condé Nast Traveler: 6 Stress-Free Cruises for First-Timers

    October 9, 2019 – Baltic-rooted and destination-focused Viking is most at home in Scandinavia, where its 14-night “Viking Homelands” voyage, aboard a quartet of sister ships, delivers a well-rounded and immersive introduction to Scandinavia and its diverse, yet interconnected, Baltic Sea ports.

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  • Forbes The Most Beautifu Places How This Cruise Line Can Change Your World

    Forbes: The Most Beautiful Places: How This Cruise Line Can Change Your World

    October 7, 2019 – Travelers who embrace the joy of ocean cruising understand this maxim: The ease of simply unpacking once on a ship for the duration of an expansive journey is a self-nurturing luxury. A best bet for entrance is award-winning Viking Ocean Cruises, which steers six elegant 930-passenger vessels to ports on six continents, where memorable moments are curated in culture-enriching destinations.

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  • CNN The Best Around-The-World Cruises For 2020

    CNN: The Best Around-The-World Cruises For 2020

    October 3, 2019 – Viking has brought its signature Scandinavian-chic to long distance cruising. This is the longest world cruise currently offered, taking a total of 245 nights, or about eight months at sea.

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  • Viking Sea sailing on the water

    Forbes: The Secret, Inspired Life Of A Cruise Ship Director

    September 29, 2019 – Showcased here is Heather Clancy, a cruise director at award-winning, state-of-the-art Viking Cruises, a company founded by Norwegian visionary Torstein Hagen, who first launched innovative Viking River Cruises in 1997 and then grew the game-changing Viking Ocean Cruises in 2015.

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  • Highclere Castle

    USA Today: How to visit the real star of “Downton Abbey”

    September 25, 2019 – To "Downton Abbey" fans, Highclere Castle – the fictional home of the beloved Crawleys and their staff, and the real-life home of the equally-beloved Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and their staff – is like sacred, holy land. Since the show premiered in 2010, hundreds of thousands of viewers have made the pilgrimage to England to see the grand house that’s as familiar to them as their own.

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  • Viking Star sailing past a fjord

    Cruise Critic: Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Venus To Sail in Northern Europe

    September 18, 2019 – Viking Cruises has confirmed the name of its seventh ocean ship, Viking Venus, which will join the fleet in early 2021. The line's newest 930-passenger ship is set to spend its maiden season in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, sailing popular itineraries including British Isles Explorer, In Search of the Northern Lights, Viking Homelands and Into the Midnight Sun.

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  • Highclere Castle with trees in foreground

    Condé Nast Traveler: 5 Downton Abbey Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

    September 12, 2019 – As we get closer to the movie's long-anticipated September 20 release date, a number of tour packages have been announced to get travelers to the filming sites. Viking recently announced that cruise guests can get access to Highclere Castle as part of a special Great Homes, Gardens & Gin excursion.

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  • Highclere Castle with wildflowers in foreground

    Vanity Fair: The Cast of Downton Abbey Returns: “It Felt Like We Never Left”

    September 10, 2019 – When the lights finally went down in the theater, in typical film-premiere style, the audience clapped just as loud for the film’s production companies and for Viking Cruises, the series’ longtime sponsor, as they did for the Dowager Countess’s cutting zingers.

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  • Viking ocean ship

    Lonely Planet: Record-Breaking Cruise Sets Sail from London

    September 3, 2019 – Viking Cruises has just launched the Ultimate World Cruise, an eight-month journey that will attempt to set a Guinness world record for the "longest continuous passenger cruise."

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  • Viking ocean ship

    Forbes: Viking Aims To Set Record For Longest World Cruise

    September 2, 2019 – Viking Cruises has won numerous industry awards over the years but now, the cruise line has set its sights on achieving a Guinness World Record. When the 930-passenger Viking Sun returns to port in Greenwich (London) in eight months, it hopes to set a world record for the “longest continuous passenger cruise.”

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  • Viking ocean ship

    Condé Nast Traveler: Around-the-World Cruises Are Much Less Complicated Than You Think

    August 7, 2019 – Take Viking's 161-day Miami to London world cruise on Viking Sun, departing December 14, 2020: You'll average just one sea day between ports, and some segments, such as Venice to Corfu, or Naples to Grenada, don't have any.

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  • SEA Dubrovnik Coastline

    JustLuxe: From Barcelona to Venice on Vikings Mediterranean Odyssey Cruise

    July 22, 2019 – The Viking Cruise line has quickly become the world’s most awarded cruise line on both river and sea. One of its most exciting adventures is its 13 day sea voyage from Barcelona to Venice aptly named The Mediterranean Odyssey.

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  • Viking Sky touring Geiranger fjord Friaren

    Cruise Critic: Winners of 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

    July 17, 2019 – Viking Ocean Cruises took the cake in the small-ship cruise line category, winning two awards -- one each for the Baltic and the British Isles/Western Europe.

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  • Explorer's lounge aboard Viking's newest ship, Jupiter

    USA Today: An inside look at Viking Cruises’ latest ship: Viking Jupiter

    July 12, 2019 – This year, Viking Cruises unveiled a new addition to their fleet: Viking Jupiter. Take a look at the cruise line’s latest seagoing vessel, with a Scandinavian design made for an upscale ocean experience.

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  • Viking Sky touring Geiranger fjord Friaren

    Travel + Leisure: The Top 10 Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines

    July 10, 2019 – Viking Cruises has topped this list since it became eligible in 2016 — it started out as a river-only line — and the addition of two new ships since this time last year, Orion and Jupiter, helped it maintain its No. 1 position.

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  • Cape Town, South Africa cityscape panorama

    Condé Nast Traveler: Sailing Along Africa’s Western Shore

    June 28, 2019 – We sent writer Florence Derrick on Viking's 29-day Along Africa's Western Shore sail from Durban to Casablanca—part of a 21-country world journey from Miami to London. The cruise took her through Cape Town, Dakar, Morocco, and more.

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  • Viking Jupiter float out ceremony

    Cruise Critic: Just Back From Viking Jupiter: 8 Great Touches on Viking Ocean Cruises’ Newest Ship

    June 12, 2019 – With the launch of Viking Jupiter earlier this spring, Viking Ocean Cruises now has a fleet of six 930-passenger oceangoing cruise ships. While the vessels are nearly identical, we're struck by how the line has evolved since it debuted in 2015.

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  • Two Viking ocean ships sailing past the coast of Santorini, Greece

    USA Today: How Viking is redefining the rules of ocean cruising

    May 30, 2019 – From its television commercials and word of mouth, Viking has established itself as a well-known river cruise brand – even among those yet to sail. But with the introduction of Viking Star in 2015, the company has rapidly expanded into the ocean space, as well. Viking Sea was even voted Best Small Ship in the 2019 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, with Viking Sky coming in third. The current fleet of six highly-acclaimed ships is scheduled to grow to a staggering 16 by 2027, and each takes the company's successful river cruising philosophy to the seas.

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  • Viking ocean vessel in fjord near Flam, Norway

    Fodor's: 6 Epic Stops on an Incredible Viking Ocean Cruise Through Coastal Norway

    May 3, 2019 – There’s no better (or more comfortable) way to see Norway’s highlights than on a Viking Ocean Cruises coastal cruise that dips into some of the country’s famous fjords, the most breathtaking (and famous) of which are along Norway’s west coast.

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  • Torstein Hagen

    Forbes: Viking Saga: The Tale of Tor Hagen And His Voyage From Ousted CEO To Cancer Survivor To Cruise Ship Billionaire

    April 15, 2019 – As the sparkling blue waters and red-roofed towns of Croatia drift by, Torstein Hagen makes his way through the minimalist, Scandinavian-style lobby of the Viking Jupiter cruise ship, explaining what makes Viking’s voyages successful. The secret is in what the ships don’t have. There are no casinos, no kids, no umbrella drinks, no formal nights, no waterslides and absolutely no butlers. Hagen has been in the cruise industry long enough to know what he doesn’t like.

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  • Torstein Hagen

    Forbes: The Norwegian Billionaire Behind Viking Cruises

    April 15, 2019 - Torstein Hagen, the founder and CEO of Viking Cruise Lines, shows no signs of slowing down and has embarked on his biggest endeavor yet: To make a name for himself in ocean cruises.

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  • Viking Star and Viking Sea sailing in Santorini

    CNN: Cruisers’ choice: Best cruise ships of 2019

    March 6, 2019 – Viking has conquered the small to mid-sized cruise ship market. Viking Ocean Cruises, which was established in 2015, racked up 10 first-place awards in the 9th annual Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards on Wednesday. Viking's long-established river cruise line also earned top honors, with Viking Vidar named best for river cruises in a new category.

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  • View of the Lyngen Alps in Tromso

    Cruise Critic: A Viking Northern Lights Cruise: Just Back From Norway

    March 4, 2019 - We're just back from a Northern Lights cruise on Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Sky, which visited various ports along Norway's coast, heading into the Arctic Circle. Visiting a cold-weather destination in the heart of winter isn't everyone's cup of tea, but for those willing to brave the sometimes-frigid temperatures, the payoff could very well be a big check off your bucket list. That is: spotting the rare and beautiful natural phenomena of the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis.

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  • A Viking ocean ship sailing past the Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geiranger, Norway

    Forbes: The Art of Travel: Viking Cruises Continues To Champion Culture

    February 25, 2019 – As well as its innovative sea and river voyages around the world, Viking Cruises is also renowned for its continual support of the arts. Following on from last year’s sponsorship of the V&A’s major Ocean Liners: Speed & Style exhibition, this year, the cruise line is working alongside the British Museum on the anticipated Edvard Munch: Love and Angst exhibition, which will run from 11 April – 21 July 2019.

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  • A red house in Tromso, Norway with the Aurora Borealis in the sky

    New York Times: Viewing the Northern Lights: ‘It’s Almost Like Heavenly Visual Music’

    February 11, 2019 - Viking Cruises inaugurated a new 13-day sailing to northern Norway, called “In Search of the Northern Lights,” which bills itself as the first full-length winter itinerary in the arctic from an American cruise line.

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  • Aerial view of a Viking ocean ship sailing past a European town

    Cruise Critic: Exotic Norway: Why a Cruise is the Best Way to Travel

    February 4, 2019 - On our cruise aboard Viking Ocean’s Viking Sea, our “Into the Midnight Sun” itinerary visited some of Norway’s better-known destinations. But what really caught my eye, both in planning the trip and then again in experiencing it, was the smaller, more remote and off-beat places that the ship also visits.

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  • Aerial view of a Viking ocean ship sailing past Tromsø, Norway

    Forbes: The 20 Best Cruises To Take In 2019

    January 31, 2019 - I never saw myself as a cruiser, i.e., somehow who loves cruises. In fact, I studiously avoided them. But my experience on the Norwegian-owned Viking completely changed my mind. My journey up the coast of Norway on the Viking Sky was luxurious and comfortable, full of hygge, the Nordic concept that translates, loosely, into “enjoying life’s simple pleasures.” Floor-to-ceiling windows in the ship’s public areas bring the outside in and make you feel close to nature.

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  • Lobby and stairs of a Viking ocean ship

    AFAR: Want an Alaskan Adventure? Book One of These New Cruises

    January 25, 2019 - The cruise line (one of AFAR readers’ favorites) enters Alaskan waters for the first time in the company’s 22-year history. In May 2019, the 930-passenger Viking Orion, sets sail. Ten-night summertime itineraries between Vancouver and Seward highlight Viking’s entertaining excursion options such as dogsled rides with Iditarod huskies in Seward and gold panning in Juneau.

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  • Explorers' Lounge on board a Viking ocean ship

    Yahoo Lifestyle: The sleek Scandi-styled cruise that is an adults only haven

    January 23, 2019 - While taking port in Sydney, during its new Australia and New Zealand route, Yahoo Lifestyle was welcomed aboard the ocean cruiser to truly uncover what is this so-called ‘Viking difference’ – and we have to say, we walked away feeling pretty impressed.

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  • Viking Sea and Viking Star in Santorini

    USA Today: Viking Sea wins Best Small Ship title

    January 5, 2019 - The 930-guest Viking Sea was built in 2016 as the second oceangoing vessel in the Viking fleet. Itineraries are destination focused, but onboard, passengers enjoy an inclusive experience with all-veranda staterooms, plenty of public spaces to spread out, excellent alternative dining options and top-notch service.

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  • Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    Cruise Fever: Viking.TV Hosting Astronauts This Week for Space Week Discussions

    October 5, 2020 – As Viking.TV celebrates six months of offering award-winning programming this week, four astronauts will host a special panel discussion on Friday sharing what it’s like to live and work in space.

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  • A Viking longship sailing through Paris

    Cruise Critic’s Ultimate Seine River Cruise Guide

    On a Seine River cruise, it's understandable that Paris, where voyages begin and end, seems like the marquee attraction when you're booking your trip. And no question, it's a fascinating place where we heartily recommend you extend your vacation to spend additional days there if you can.

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  • Travel + Leisure: Viking Finally Revealed the Itinerary of Its First-ever Holiday-themed Mississippi River Cruise

    Travel + Leisure: Viking Finally Revealed the Itinerary of Its First-ever Holiday-themed Mississippi River Cruise

    October 1, 2020 – December is already known as the “most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s about to get a lot better for cruise lovers. Viking is bringing its signature Scandinavian style to the U.S., and just released details of its holiday-themed voyages along the Mississippi River. Set to launch in December 2022, highlights of the sailing include light displays, Cajun cuisine, and VIP access to Graceland.

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  • Palace of the Popes, Avignon

    Cruise Critic’s Ultimate Rhone River Cruise Guide

    It's not the longest or the widest, but of all the rivers coursing through France, the Rhone is a marquee star, one of only three major European rivers emptying into the Mediterranean. Since the time of the Greeks and Romans, the Rhone has served as a route for trade and transportation between the Mediterranean and the French city of Lyon. Those early traders left their marks along the river, at ports like Arles, Avignon and Vienne, where ancient theaters and temples stand proudly.

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  • TravelPulse: Viking Announces New Mississippi Itinerary and Design Preview

    TravelPulse: Viking Announces New Mississippi Itinerary and Design Preview

    September 24, 2020 – Viking.TV will feature Mississippi sailings during the week of September 28, 2020, including the chance to join Richard Riveire as he shares the design and inspiration behind the Viking Mississippi.

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  • Windmill, Kinderdijkl

    Cruise Critic’s Ultimate Rhine River Guide: Experience the Famed Waterway, from the Alps to Amsterdam

    The storied waters of the Rhine River offer visitors the best of Europe. From cathedrals to castles to authentic cuisine, you can find it all along its shores. A Viking river cruise is the best way to explore this legendary landscape, letting travelers see the terrain from the river that has driven its history. The trip provides an easy jumping-off point to scenic vineyards, bustling cities and ancient lore.

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  • Hemispheres: Fill Your Bucket List with Our Readers’ Choice Awards

    Hemispheres: Fill Your Bucket List with Our Readers’ Choice Awards

    September 1, 2020 – You’d be hard-pressed to find a renowned river that Viking doesn’t ply. Make like Mark Twain on the Mississippi, taste the best of Portugal’s port wines on the Douro, see the pyramids on the Nile, or go deep into the Mekong Delta—all while enjoying sleek staterooms and regional dining.

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  • The Boston Globe: Fairy houses, deals in the Berkshires, and Viking’s new Mississippi cruises

    The Boston Globe: Fairy houses, deals in the Berkshires, and Viking’s new Mississippi cruises

    July 23, 2020 – Plan ahead for sailing along the mighty Mississippi with Viking. The company’s first custom vessel, Viking Mississippi, makes its debut in August 2022, though with many of its first voyages sold out, Viking has made additional 2023 sailings available for booking now.

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  • Viking Longship, Budapest

    Cruise Critic’s Ultimate Danube River Cruise Guide

    Viking River Cruises' three most popular Danube River itineraries range from a 15-day Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest to two eight-day sailings, one from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, and the other from Budapest to Nuremberg, Germany.

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  • Travel + Leisure:  World’s Best Awards: The Top Ten River Cruise Lines

    Travel + Leisure: World’s Best Awards: The Top Ten River Cruise Lines

    July 8, 2020 – Often credited with popularizing river cruising globally, Viking has in recent years expanded dramatically; the company now has 63 ships sailing in Europe, with additional vessels in Asia and Egypt, and is coming soon to the United States. That growth means they’re also finding new fans, like one guest who traveled aboard the Viking Tor: “It was my Cinderella vacation,” said this reader.

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  • Viking Mississippi sailing under a bridge

    Travel Weekly: Viking set to make a big splash in the U.S. with the Mississippi

    April 5, 2020 - Viking’s long-awaited entry into the domestic river cruise market will bring not only a new player but also a whole new type of sailing experience. To be built in Louisiana and set to launch in August 2022, the Viking Mississippi is the company’s first U.S. river ship and will be the largest ship plying its storied namesake.

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  • Viking.TV

    Forbes: Viking Launches Viking.TV, A New Travel Experience Channel

    April 5, 2020 - As with other travel entities turning to web-based content during COVID-19 related cancellations, Viking Cruises has set a new course with the launch of Viking.TV. This digital library, created by the river and ocean cruise company, will showcase experiential programming that Viking guests have access to onboard their respective cruises, on deck levels or their cabin TV. Its culturally-focused content will feature appearances by the Viking executives and crew and subjects relating to its at-sail and at port ventures, plus live video of happenings from around the world.

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  • A Viking longship sailing through Paris

    Cruise Critic: On the Seine River: Paris Is Just One of Many Standouts on This Solo Cruise

    Paris, the eternal City of Light, is a cosmopolitan superstar. And, it's natural to assume that a Seine River cruise is strongly focused on la capitale. Whether you've traveled to Paris before or this is your first visit, the big surprise, I promise you, is what a marvelous voyage it is beyond the city limits, with its focus on culinary arts, impressionist masters, World War II history, Gothic cathedrals and the pastoral countryside of Normandy.

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  • Viking Mississippi sailing under a bridge

    Travel + Leisure: Viking Bets on the Future With New Cruise Ship Set to Sail the Mississippi River by 2022

    April 3, 2020 - Viking just announced details of the purpose-built, 386-passenger cruise ship it will bring to the Mississippi River by 2022. The new ship, aptly named Viking Mississippi, will sail between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minnesota, with the inaugural trips slated for August

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    Cruise Critic: On The Rhone River: Mother and Son Take Their First River Cruise Together

    Come along with us on this seven-night Lyon and Provence journey (it’s also offered by Viking in the reverse direction), as I share my day-by-day report on a trip with mom. The itinerary explores some of France’s most beloved territory — from Lyon, the culinary capital of France, through cherished wine regions of Beaujolais and Côte Rôtie, with stops to discover 2,000-year-old architectural treasures along the way.

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  • Viking Douro ship, Portugal

    Condé Nast Traveler: Portugal's Douro Is the Next Big River Cruising Destination

    January 22, 2020 – Tear into fresh-baked bread, pulled from an ancient oven fueled by wood and grapevines, in one of the last old-school bakeries in tiny Favaios. In Marialva (near the Spanish border), enjoy a picnic in the castle’s shadow of this 2,500-year-old town. Since this is Viking, where experiences are everything, you’ll learn the secrets to fine Port wine-blending at a quinta, and taste wine and popular regional delicacies, like bola de carne, an irresistible bread filled with a combination of meats and smoked sausage.

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  • Longship, Budapest

    Cruise Critic: On the Danube River: Two Longtime Pals Make Discoveries About Europe and Friendship

    When I floated the idea of sharing a week-long Viking cruise down the Danube River with my longtime pal Jayne, we conjured similar takeaways: tantalizing glimpses of fairytale castles from a sun deck lounger, the chance to visit three capital cities and five separate countries in the heart of Europe, and plenty of pastries and pretzels - both on and off the ship.

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  • Longship's Aquavit Terrace on the river at sunset

    USA Today: 10 best river cruise lines in the world, according to readers

    January 9, 2020 – Number 1: Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises plies the waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of more than 60 vessels. While Viking has also launched an award-winning ocean cruise line, the company built its reputation in river cruising.

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    Cruise Critic: Floating through the heart of Europe. Join a Rhine adventure on the Viking Tialfi

    December 9, 2019 – Lined by castles and cathedrals, the Rhine area is best visited by river cruise because the waterway brought life, trade and culture to the region, and remains the source of much its history today. Viking’s eight-day journey between Basel and Amsterdam dazzles visitors with medieval scenery and regional cuisine.

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    CNN: Cruise Critic picks world's best cruise ships for 2019

    December 4, 2019 – Viking Cruises dominated the 12th annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards for the third year in a row with five wins in 2019.

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  • Mary Quincy at Xmas, Koblenz

    Redbook: The 12 Best Cruises To Take This Holiday

    November 19, 2019 – If you're a guest of Viking, you’ll be able to explore the Christmas markets of Europe while on port and visit some of the most beautiful locations. This Viking fleet also provides exceptional luxury and top tier service.

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    USA Today: Are you too young to take a river cruise? Here's why the under-50 crowd is getting onboard

    November 19, 2019 – Viking touts that central docking locations in Europe get guests closer to their destinations, often docking right in the heart of a city. This makes it easy for independent exploration, which younger guests might prefer.

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    Condé Nast Traveler: Spend the Holidays on a Cruise This Year—Trust Us

    October 30, 2019 – Viking is seeing an increased interest from travelers with adult children throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season. Its European Christmas market itineraries are a big hit with these types of families.

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    Travel + Leisure: Visit Real-life Sites From ‘Downton Abbey’ With an Exclusive Look at Highclere Castle on Viking's New Cruise Extensions

    October 21, 2019 – Thanks to a sponsorship with Viking, fans of the show, movie, and those fabulous costumes can head to the UK for privileged, private access to Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey — home to the fictitious Crawley family on screen, and the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in real life.

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    Food & Wine: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop Along a Rhône River Cruise

    September 20, 2019 – When you travel north by boat up the wide, calm Rhône River, you are following the route of the ancient Romans and so tracing the lifeline of French wine. Julius Caesar’s army brought wine with them, lots of it, because who wants to subdue barbarians without a little liquid courage? Then the conquerors settled and began making their own. Their vines arrived via the Rhône, too, albeit at a time when the river had no dams—those vines would have had a much wetter and bumpier ride than my own glide from Avignon to Lyon aboard the Viking Buri on the eight-day Lyon & Provence itinerary. Unlike the Romans, I had the good fortune of sleeping in a cleverly constructed stateroom, complete with a balcony from which to admire the changing landscape and time-bleached cities along the banks.

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    Architectural Digest: Visit Downton Abbey’s Most Beautiful Filming Locations

    September 16, 2019 – No filming location, of course, is more heavily associated with the series than the estate that became Downton itself: Highclere Castle. And as it's the central filming location, themed tours here abound. Viking Cruises offers special access tours for its river cruise guests.

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    Condé Nast Traveler: 5 Downton Abbey Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

    September 12, 2019 – As we get closer to the movie's long-anticipated September 20 release date, a number of tour packages have been announced to get travelers to the filming sites. Viking recently announced that cruise guests can get access to Highclere Castle as part of a special Great Homes, Gardens & Gin excursion.

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  • Highclere Castle with wildflowers in foreground

    Vanity Fair: The Cast of Downton Abbey Returns: “It Felt Like We Never Left”

    September 10, 2019 – When the lights finally went down in the theater, in typical film-premiere style, the audience clapped just as loud for the film’s production companies and for Viking Cruises, the series’ longtime sponsor, as they did for the Dowager Countess’s cutting zingers.

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    Smithsonian.com: From Nazi Prisons to Cat Sanctuaries, Explore the Many Lives of These Russian Palaces

    August 19, 2019 – The Romanovs left behind a legacy of palaces and residences throughout Russia that in the following years continued to live storied and unusual lives. Take your own self-guided tour to these famous former czar residences that you can still visit in Russia today.

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    Town & Country: How to Visit Highclere Castle, the Real-Life Downton Abbey

    August 8, 2019 - Consider booking one of Viking River Cruises' excursions. Viking was a sponsor of Masterpiece, when Downton Abbey was on the air, and now, Viking has taken that partnership one step further, offering trips to Highclere Castle as an add-on to a number of their existing itineraries.

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    The Epoch Times: Cruising the Elbe River

    July 22, 2019 – European river cruising seems to increase in popularity every year, and trips along the Danube, Rhine, and Seine are apparently the most popular; however, I’ve just discovered a fantastic cruise, run by Viking, between Prague and Berlin, along the Elbe River. And it’s definitely worthwhile.

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  • Viking's Beyla ship cruising

    Travel + Leisure: World’s Best: Top 10 River Cruise Lines

    July 10, 2019 – Many companies on the list operate on major rivers in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and a few are also expanding into China with new ships. “If you want to see China, the Viking cruise is the way to go — great value, service, food, everything,” wrote one respondent, of this year’s fourth place cruise line.

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  • Osiris Luxor on the Nile

    Condé Nast Traveler: The 2021 Cruise Itineraries We’re Most Excited About

    July 8, 2019 – This 12-day Nile tour sails on the Viking Ra, a ship launched in 2018 that was specifically built for the longest river in the world. You won't spend all of your time on the ship; instead, you'll start with three days in Cairo before flying to Luxor to disembark officially. With room for just 52 travelers, this cruise offers an intimate look at Egyptian history—and plenty of face time with the on-board Egyptologists as you stop in Luxor, Edfu, Aswan, and more.

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  • Viking Longship in Regensburg

    Business Insider: 10 of The Best Cruises To Take if You’re Retired

    May 23, 2019 – Viking River cruises are an excellent option for retirees who want an intimate journey to smaller ports throughout the world. Guests can choose from itineraries that include exclusive destinations larger cruise ships typically cannot access, such as UNESCO world heritage sites and smaller, riverside towns throughout France, Russia, Austria, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Asia, and Egypt.

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  • Viking Osiris on the Nile

    Elite Traveler: The 5 Best Cruises in Remote Locations

    May 21, 2019 – Aboard Viking’s new luxury River ship, Viking Osiris, you will see some of the remaining wonders of the world sailing the Nile River. Though the river is beautiful, the real exploration happens when you disembark the ship.

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    Forbes: Viking Saga: The Tale of Tor Hagen And His Voyage From Ousted CEO To Cancer Survivor To Cruise Ship Billionaire

    April 15, 2019 – As the sparkling blue waters and red-roofed towns of Croatia drift by, Torstein Hagen makes his way through the minimalist, Scandinavian-style lobby of the Viking Jupiter cruise ship, explaining what makes Viking’s voyages successful. The secret is in what the ships don’t have. There are no casinos, no kids, no umbrella drinks, no formal nights, no waterslides and absolutely no butlers. Hagen has been in the cruise industry long enough to know what he doesn’t like.

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    Forbes: The Norwegian Billionaire Behind Viking Cruises

    April 15, 2019 - Torstein Hagen, the founder and CEO of Viking Cruise Lines, shows no signs of slowing down and has embarked on his biggest endeavor yet: To make a name for himself in ocean cruises.

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  • Viking Longships at Naming Ceremony

    Cruise Critic: Viking River Cruises Christens 7 New Ships

    March 19, 2019 – With christening ceremonies that spanned Germany, Portugal and Switzerland, Viking River Cruises added seven new ships to its continuously growing river fleet. A group of Viking employees, journalists, travel agents and other invited guests gathered pierside Tuesday in Basel, Switzerland, for the event, which saw two ships christened live and an additional five christened in other countries; those namings were simulcast on large screens in Basel.

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  • Viking Longship

    Condé Nast Traveler: How to Choose the Right European River Cruise for You

    March 13, 2019 – Virtually identical, the company's 190-passenger Longships possess a contemporary Scandinavian design, emphasizing natural wood, neutral hues, and windows. Enthusiasts praise the alikeness, preferring the same onboard experience wherever they go. With such uniformity, Viking cruises purr along like Bentleys.

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  • Viking Longship sailing the Rhine river

    CNN: Cruisers’ choice: Best cruise ships of 2019

    March 6, 2019 – Viking has conquered the small to mid-sized cruise ship market. Viking Ocean Cruises, which was established in 2015, racked up 10 first-place awards in the 9th annual Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards on Wednesday. Viking's long-established river cruise line also earned top honors, with Viking Vidar named best for river cruises in a new category.

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  • Viking Longship in Budapest

    Forbes: From The Amazon To The Nile: Your Guide To River Cruising In 2019

    March 5, 2019 - Viking River Cruises Passage to Eastern Europe itinerary aboard the Embla takes passengers from Bucharest to Budapest (or vice versa), stopping in your less-than-typical, but still completely spectacular, European cities – which is exactly what’s to love about this river cruise.

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  • Aerial view of the Aquavit Terrace

    Travel + Leisure: These Cruises for World War II Buffs Combine Travel With History Lessons

    February 23, 2019 – Paris, Prague, Berlin, London, China, Japan and more are all exciting but different destinations today — perhaps because of the events of 75 years ago. Visiting these places with the added insight of historians and military experts can provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences, as well as memorable vacations. River cruises on Europe’s narrow waterways allow guests to understand the landscape of the countries as they pass, and shore excursions with expert guides bring history to life.

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  • Viking Beyla docked in Magdeburg

    Forbes: Travel That Moves You: How Award-Winning Viking River Cruises Wows

    January 6, 2019 - Looking for a relaxing, yet horizon-stretching vacation that gently steers you to enchanting, enriching and entertaining destinations chock full of culture, history and nature? Add to that wish list deluxe accommodations, gourmet cuisine and attentive service by polished staff — plus no-fuss planning and booking. A best bet? River cruising. This growing travel trend is a friendly, easy way to explore the world. An industry leader, Viking River Cruises deftly navigates more than 60 Nordic-style vessels on rivers around the globe — in Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia and China — and orchestrates passengers' trips from start to finish, including air flights.

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  • Viking Longship sailing  near Schloss Johannisburg in Aschaffenburg

    USA Today: Best river cruise line? Readers vote Viking River Cruises

    January 5, 2019 – Founded in 1997, Viking River Cruises plies the waterways of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt with its fleet of more than 60 vessels. While Viking has also launched an award-winning ocean cruise line, the company built its reputation in river cruising. These all-inclusive cruises feature outside staterooms, Wi-Fi, wine and beer with meals, shore excursions in every port and Viking's signature Culture Curriculum program.

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